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Evil Twin Yin - Evil Twin Brewing

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very good

690 Ratings

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 23
Gots: 85 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rfgetz on 04-22-2011)
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Photo of prototypic
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yin pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It’s almost opaque. A few burgundy highlights are noticeable at the outer edges with backlighting. The head is tan in color, and rises to about a finger in height. It’s slow to dissipate completely. Lacing was sticky and moderate.

The nose is pretty good. It starts out with a pretty nice mix of roasted and chocolate malts. The chocolate variety smells like dark chocolate. Not sweet at all. There’s a fairly strong smoky scent that’s just okay. It’s a little too strong, frankly. Secondary scents include roasted coffee/espresso and molasses. Alcohol is a little noticeable. Doesn’t smell overly strong, but it’s there.

The flavor is actually rather average. Roasted malts are the primary flavor. Dark chocolate isn’t far behind. There’s more of a sweet flavor than I anticipated, but it tastes like burnt sugar. Roasted coffee/espresso flavors are quite strong. At the secondary level, there are some molasses and light dark fruit flavors. Dark fruit adds a tangy twist that’s just okay. Not a big fan of that. Alcohol is much stronger in the mix than anticipated. It’s definitely boozy and warm. Finishes roasty, burnt, chocolaty, and…boozy.

Yin has a medium body. Carbonation is light, but it’s not smooth. It’s average for the style and needs more body. I’ll probably finish off the 12 ounce, but the flavor is bold. I’m not sure I could handle more than one.

It’s my understanding that the guy who started Evil Twin is the brother of Mikkel Borg Bjergsø (of Mikkeller). Interesting. Yin is an alright first experience, but it could easily be better. The flavor features a strong burnt, smoky flavor that is a little much. I’m also not a fan of the tangy dark fruit or the strong alcohol flavor. The alcohol is just too much. At the end of the day, it’s just alright. I’ll probably try some other releases with the hope that they’re a little more refined.

prototypic, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is okay given the ABV and plenty of lacing is left.

3.5 S: This really doesn't have a whole lot going on. It's surprising. Coffee, chocolate, and roastiness, but there just isn't a lot of power. That said, it doesn't smell bad. Indeed, it smells quite enticing, just needs some strength.

3.0 T: Taste is also a bit underwhelming. Coffee, roast, some caramel, and a touch of chocolate.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess, but otherwise okay.

3.0 D: Underwhelming beer. Give it a try if you must.

DavoleBomb, Aug 07, 2013
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle to oversized snifter. $10 for the single. Sampled 11/21/11.

A: Pours with a large head, 1 1/2 fingers tall of medium dark brown foam. Retention is excellent and leaves a crescent shaped collar behind. The body is black and completely opaque. No lacing.

S: Heavily roasted aromas mix with chocolate, fudge, earth and soil, plus a wet grassy hoppiness. Sweet alcohol adds even more intensity to the nose. Unfortunately, hard-to-forgive metallic notes steals most of the enjoyment from the olfactory experience.

T: Slightly one dimensional on the palate. The dark roast and strong bitterness leads to a very heavy acridness that suppresses the big, sweet malty base, throwing the long lasting flavor way out of balance. The ABV isn't shy on the palate but it isn't absolutely crushing either.

M: The body starts out medium full but thins out considerably on the back end. Moderately sweet with matching bitterness.

O: Good but not great - and won't be a repeat purchase given the price tag. I didn't bother with the black and tan as suggested by the label. And after having each beer separately, I'm glad I didn't. It would have been an expensive, untickable mistake.

FeDUBBELFIST, Apr 14, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -19%

Birmz, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of justintcoons
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pitch black with 3 fingers of loose, brown head that dissipates quickly. Tiny bit of light penetration along the edges.

Espresso, charcoal, dark chocolate, dark fruits and a little booze.

Deeply roasted barley and charcoal. Light notes of espresso and dark chocolate. Earthy and roasty with a bitter, piney finish. A little bit boozy.

Medium bodied, smooth, creamy and dry.

A good beer but it seems to be lacking depth. Perhaps a tad too bitter for my liking.

justintcoons, May 17, 2013
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Evil Twin Yin from Evil Twin Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.